Ideas of the Renaissance

Mona_LisaFrom the 14th to the 17th century, Europe underwent an incredible cultural change known as the Renaissance. During this time numerous people developed an interest in the ancient era, specifically manuscripts and artwork. Moreover, individuals gained an interest in the self. This mindset is best shown in a few areas. For instance, artists started to sign their paintings. If you were an artist before Renaissance signing your art was unheard of. However, artists did not want themselves to be forgotten. They wanted the world to know who they were and what they were capable of. They wanted worldly fame. Also, portraiture became a major art form. People who had money to spend paid artists not to paint gorgeous landscapes or scenes from history, but to paint portraits of the themselves. These are just a few of the many new ideas that hovered over the Renaissance.

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